Questions for June 2013

This is Dr Bob’s quiz for June 2013 – please give your answers to this quiz by posting a comment. But as I already know the answers, I prefer to see witty or sarcastic comments! I will moderate the postings to avoid spam (and abuse), but I will try to do that quickly. The real answers will appear in July.

  • What name is given to prime numbers with more than 1,000 decimal digits? (of which, 10^999 + 7 is the smallest)
  • Who said “One is a sort of sponge”
  • Do women have lighter balls than men? – specifically, in Test cricket
  • Complete this review of a hapless actor, attempting King Lear “He played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to…”
  • Marconi was offered a free ticket on the Titanic’s return voyage from New York, but he sailed on the Lusitania instead – why?
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  1. DR BOB’s REAL ANSWERS
    1. “Titanic” prime numbers (sorry)
    2. H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, concerning her obligation to listen to successive Prime Ministers unburdening their concerns
    3. Yes 13/16 oz lighter
    4. “…. play the Ace”
    5. He had paperwork to do, and he preferred the public stenographer aboard that vessel. (I do not know or wish to speculate on the basis for his preference).

  2. 1) What name is given to prime numbers with more than 1,000 decimal digits? (of which, 10^999 + 7 is the smallest)

    Really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY big numbers. I men SERIOUSLY big. Indubitably big. Incredibly big. Inconceivably big. Like, so big that if you can think of a number that is so big you can’t imagine it, then it is bigger than that. Infinity plus one. Times infinity. Plus another one. (transcendental)

    2) Who said “One is a sort of sponge”

    The Australian Labor Party. Followed closely by Pauline Hanson’s brain.

    3) Do women have lighter balls than men? – specifically, in Test cricket

    Why the qualifying phrase, Dr Bob? Are you suggesting female Test cricketers are in some way deficient in the sphericals area? Hmmm?

    4) Complete this review of a hapless actor, attempting King Lear “He played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to…”

    “… And yet Charles holds steadfastly to the view that even though married to a horse he will, someday, take the throne for real and stop all this poncing about waiting for Mumsy to snuff it.”

    5) Marconi was offered a free ticket on the Titanic’s return voyage from New York, but he sailed on the Lusitania instead – why?

    It’s all in the name. He preferred being on the “Loose”-itania rather than the “Tight”-anic. More fun on the crossing, don’t you know. 😉

  3. Q1. What name is given to prime numbers with more than 1,000 decimal digits? (of which, 10^999 + 7 is the smallest)
    A1. Optimus Primes. None of this outdated Titanic nonsense, please.

    Q2. Who said “One is a sort of sponge”
    A2. Sid Vicarious, when speaking of dead girlfriend Nancy Spongen.

    Q3. Do women have lighter balls than men? – specifically, in Test cricket
    A3. Not only is that true but they also only play a two ball overy.

    Q4. Complete this review of a hapless actor, attempting King Lear “He played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to…”
    A4. “…play women’s cricket with his balls, which were as lightweight as his acting.”

    Q5. Marconi was offered a free ticket on the Titanic’s return voyage from New York, but he sailed on the Lusitania instead – why?
    A5. He snaffled two free tix on the Lusitania, so could take his mistress along for the ride for nix. And, in any case, the Titanic was otherwise engaged.

  4. All questions are connected, hence–also the answers:
    1. These big PRIME numbers might sink one who may wish to just print them out, so are called Titanic, as the name of that ship, which brings to mind another big ship–Queen Elisabeth, and…
    2. QUEEN ELISABETH II related to “one” regarding her meetings with her PRIME minister, during which they may have related to cricket, which…
    3. had the Queen wished to play she may have been offered lighter balls–special for kids and women, especially the Queen, which…
    4. Is not the end of that sentence, as the poor guy was as if to play the ACE, a review that might have been a claim to drag Eugene Field to court,
    5. To where Marconi was in a haste to arrive to, hence taking earlier departing Lusitania over Titanic on her prime sailing.

  5. 1. As in the Douglas Adams definition of space, big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is (they are). Titanic, you might otherwise say.
    2. Narrowed it down to four: Chechen warlord Salman ‘Titantic’ Raduyev when musing over the properties of Kevlar when under fire from the AK-47s of opposing forces, Jinx Titantic, singer/songwriter when asked about the main influences which led him to perform his unique style of music, Morris Titanic, former NHL player in describing the effect of being struck by a puck, a hockey stick or a punch from opponent, and last but not least HRH Charles Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who is prone to use the word ‘one’ when modestly boasting of personal achievement. I think I’ll go for Charles.
    3. Women cricketers use the same balls as juniors. Further elaboration may result in compulsory attendance before counsellors skilled in the field of avoiding double entendre. Searching for the titanic link here, but it has eluded me.
    4. ” … My Heart Will Go On, the theme from Titantic”.
    5. The Titanic had an unfortunate encounter with an IFO (Identifiable Floating Object) which prevented its arrival in New York and therefore was unavailable for the return cruise. We are currently awaiting the result of an approach by some of Marconi’s descendants to an Australian who is proposing construction of the Titanic II by 2016. They are hoping for a repeat of the offer made to their famous ancestor.

  6. 1.Originally named a “ferry” by a fan of Gerry and The Pacemakers after one of their big hits “Ferry cross the Mersene”, inflation caused it to expand to titanic proportions.

    2. Me. Isle of Wight festival 1968. I think it was me but it may have been one of my companions Lucy, Mary Jane or Barbie. Or all of us. If you can remember the ’60’s you weren’t really there.

    3. The good lady wife vetted all my answers. Only “See Law 5″ and ‘I’ll let that one go through to the keeper” passed muster. I will try to sneak in my preferred answer concerning box, toss, crack up, vajazzle, kangaroo and Ian Botham when she retires.

    4. The good thesp, having picked up Silvius in As you Like It, worried that in King Lear he might get a dose of Goneril.

    5. Guglielom, a well known prude and poor English speaker, thought the ship was called RMS Tantric and was revolted at the thought of crossing the Atlantic while passengers were going down all around him.

  7. 1. Given your proclivities, it could be a Glass number, a Beefheart number or an Icelandic number. However it is, in fact, a TITANIC number.

    2. “One is a sort of sponge”. It’s the partial answer to a quiz question.
    Q. What’s the difference between Prince Charles and SpongeBob Squarepants?
    A. One is a sort of sponge and the other is an animated cartoon character…

    3. Generally yes, although judging from what I’ve seen at the Bill Lawry Oval at Northcote, not necessarily… Northcote being what Red Symons once famously referred to on radio as the Zuider Zee of Melbourne.

    4.”…play the Ace”, said the poker-faced Eugene Field. (He was a bit of a card)

    5. The Titanic was running rather late and he couldn’t wait.

    Two Titanic questions… Good to see things are still running true to form.

    In England in 1912 a tramp rummaging through the garbage found an old lamp (as one does) and polished it up (as one does) when suddenly a genie popped out. The genie said, “I will grant you one wish.” (It was one of those famously parsimonious Scottish genies).

    The tramp thought for a bit and responded “I want to live in luxury for the rest of my life.”

    “Fine,” said the genie, “Here’s a first class ticket for the Titanic.”

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